Kangaroo Island has great time at 2019 Racing Carnival | PHOTOS

A big crowd, sunny weather and a fantastic looking Cygnet River racecourse made for a perfect 2019 SeaLink Kangaroo Island Cup Racing Carnival.

The SeaLink Long Lunch took place in the big marquee put up and staffed by the Parndana Sporting Club.

Monty the 1-year-old koala brought along by Sam Mitchell from the KI Wildlife Park was a big hit at the Long Lunch, while outside the Pimms tent was also again popular. 

“Great weather, great crowd and great racing,” KI Mayor Michael Pengilly said.

“Certainly enormous thanks to Mark Turner and his committee and helpers for their huge effort. More locals present than normal I think.

Major sponsors Dudley Wines and SeaLink deserve credit for backing the Cup Carnival.”

The winner in the Fashions At the Races competition were Tanya Rosewarne of Kingscote who won best footwear, Emily McWaters of Cygnet River won best millinery, Sally Martin of Canberra was runner-up, Alex Hecker of Melboune was the ladies winner and Jake McMulkin of Parndana was the men's winner.  

Kangaroo Island Racing Club president Mark Turner praised everyone involved.

“It was an outstanding effort this year by everyone in the community,” Mr Turner said. “It is an event that brings everyone together and like I heard someone else say, ‘It is the race that stops an Island’.”

The inaugural Arthur Daw Trainers Memorial Trophy was won by Jordan Frew from Murray Bridge, who took home $4000 for first place.

The Kangaroo Island Air Freight Jockey’s Challenge was won by Justin Potter, who took home $1000.

The KI Cup on Saturday was won by Table of Wisdom with Justin Potter the jockey and Dennis O’Leary the trainer.